Simply Ned was impressive over course and distance in January but has a 7lb higher mark to overcome today and, on a line through Newcastle winner Doynasaur, has something to find with TURN OVER SIVOLA. The latter is still a maiden over fences but the novices' handicap in which he finished third here in December has turned out to be a hot contest with the fifth winning earlier this week and the second going close in a Grade 2 at Kempton recently. Choc Thornton's mount is preferred to stablemate Lidar and in-form Swift Arrow. Lucky Landing has an absence to overcome while Keith Reveley's pair Kings Grey and Shadrack are usually vulnerable at this level. Doeslessthanme may not be the force of old while Prince Of Dreams usually makes at least one serious error in his races.
Simply Ned (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out on bit, went 2nd 2 out, shaken up before last, soon led, kept on well, won at Doncaster 2m hcp chs (2) gs in Jan beating Upsilon Bleu (10-8) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Lidar (FR) 6-1 (11-0) Ridden brielfy leaving start, mid-division, closed 7f out, ridden and lost place over 3f out, 8th of 13, 18l behind Domtaline (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Doeslessthanme (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up behind in touch, headway after 5 out, chased leaders next, 10 lengths down in 3rd when left 2nd 3 out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 15l behind No Planning (11-1) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb.
Kings Grey (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before last, 5th of 7, 35l behind Off The Ground (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Dec.
Swift Arrow (IRE) 22-1 (11-4) Held up, mistake 5th, pushed along and headway after 8th, mistake and led 3 out, driven out, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Feb beating His Excellency (11-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Lucky Landing (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, ridden before last, led run-in, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct beating Stagecoach Pearl (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Turn Over Sivola (FR) 5-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, slightly hampered 4th, headway to 3rd 7th, pushed along chasing leaders before next, no impression when not fluent 3 out, lost 3rd before 2 out, rallied to regain modest 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Next Sensation (10-12) at Doncaster 2m (3) gs in Dec.
Prince Of Dreams 10-3 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, challenged 2 out, soon led, headed run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Cloudy Joker (11-9) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Shadrack (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner from 4 out, kept on same pace and no impression, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Zaru (11-11) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Dec.